Instant Pot Chicken Stew - Yum!
Updated: Feb 15, 2020
It's been a while since my last Instant Pot post and I wanted to share a good recipe with you. I love Beef Stew, so I figured any type of stew would probably be great done in a pressure cooker. I decided to see if I could come up with a good recipe for a Chicken Stew. Most of the recipes I found sounded OK but didn't sound like they'd be anything special. Then I came up with the idea of finding a decent Instant Pot Chicken recipe but doing the base of it using what's found in a chicken soup recipe. Wow... it turned out great!
So here are the two recipes that I used to give me the idea of what to do - I started off with a recipe off of Instant Pot's website for Homestyle Chicken and Vegetables. It sounded good but to me, I didn't expect it to have all that much flavor based on what was in it. Next I did some searching and found a recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup. I thought that recipe would have the flavor I was hoping for and decided to combine recipes (without the noodles) to make Chicken Stew. Here's what I did (all changes are listed below):
1 tbsp olive oil
5 cloves garlic, chopped up for the base
2 onions, chopped up for the base
8 California carrots (3 peeled and chopped up for the base, the rest peeled and sliced)
3 stalks celery, chopped up for the base
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
4 chicken breasts on the bone, skinless (just a preference)
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Container (4 cups) of College Inn Chicken Broth
2 bay leaves
24 ounce bag of Honey Gold Fast Prep, Triple Washed, No Peeling Baby Potatoes (Publix had them on sale - really good - I used this in place of cut up Yukon Gold potatoes)
4-6 tbps Wondra flour (great for gravies, less likely to clump than regular flour)
Set your Instant Pot to the high saute setting. Begin by heating the olive oil. Add in the garlic, onion, chopped carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the thyme and rosemary until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Place chicken meat side down into your Instant Pot. Add in the potatoes and sliced carrots, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Add in chicken broth and bay leaves. Secure the lid, set Instant Pot to pressure cook, making sure that it is set up to pressurize. Adjust the time to 20 minutes. Let your Instant Pot work it's magic!
When the timer beeps, let the pressure release naturally until the float valve drops (this should take between 20-30 minutes; I left mine for about an hour and it was fine).
Remove the chicken so you'll have room for thickening to make the gravy. In 1/4 cup cold water, stir in the flour until blended. Add in a 1/4 cup of the liquid from the pot - stir until blended. Set Instant Pot back on saute, add the Wondra flour mixture, simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until you have a thickened base.
Remove the bay leaves (if you can find them; if not, someone will!) and serve - chicken breast, baby potatoes, sliced carrots, and gravy. The chicken will be extremely tender and may fall off the bone (or have bones that have fallen off), so make sure you are careful when serving / enjoying! I may try making this next time with boneless skinless chicken breasts instead (and would then be able to reduce the cooking time) - if I try it, I'll update this post with the results.
Here are my other Instant Pot posts with recipes, links to places to find recipes, and information about selecting an Instant Pot (I went with the 8 Quart Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 because it included an air fryer):
With This Device, You Can't Go Wrong - if you are still shopping for an Instant Pot, this contains a link to a product comparison chart so you'll know which is best for you; also contains a link to a recipe that was really good for Pot Roast with Potatoes, Carrots, and Onions
Still Considering an Instant Pot? - includes videos for Instant Pot novices that really helped me feel comfortable with trying mine for the first time
I Have an Instant Pot - Now What? - with links to recipe collections
Please share recipes that you have made that have turned out good - I'd love to post your suggestions for others to enjoy! Follow along at www.leesburg4rent.com/blog for more Instant Pot tips plus information about what's happening here in Lake County, Florida. Enjoy the weekend - if you're looking for a fun weekend activity, check out our post Get Ready to Enjoy a Lake County Florida Weekend!
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